ELIZABETH, NJ - The 4th Annual Union County Youth Services Networking Conference will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Community Access Unlimited (CAU) at 80 West Grand Street in Elizabeth.
The annual networking conference is open to any Union County professional or organization working within the child services sector and offers an opportunity to meet and collaborate going forward, according to Tanya Johnson, senior assistant executive director of youth services at CAU. The conference also is open to anyone from the wider community who is interested in helping the youth of the community, she added.
The conference each year draws approximately 250 participants representing various community-based nonprofit organizations; local, county and state government agencies; faith-based groups, child advocates; mentors; volunteers; and parents.
"The purpose of the conference is to network and connect the dots," Johnson said. "To fill in gaps in service, inform attendees about current services and put faces to names. All so we can provide better services to youth within the child services system and throughout the county."
The conference keynote speaker will be Glen Casey, whose story of going from being the son of a drug dealer in West Philadelphia to student at the University of Pennsylvania and those who helped guide him is the subject of a documentary titled "Glen's Village." Casey is on schedule to graduate in 2017.
The day also will feature other speakers, as well as round table discussions on subjects such as after-school recreation/youth programs; employment, training and life-skills education; housing; gangs and juvenile justice; transitioning to adulthood; trauma informed care; and human trafficking.
There is no cost to attend. To register, go to www.caunj.org and click on Upcoming Events, then scroll down to Union County Youth Networking Conference.
CAU is a statewide Elizabeth-based nonprofit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enable them to live independently in the community, providing supports in areas including housing, vocational skills and life-skills training, education, advocacy and recreation.
About Community Access Unlimited
Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 37th year in 2016, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil right. CAU currently serves more than 6,000 individuals and families, with the number served growing each year. For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at www.caunj.org or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.